Mid-Week Sneak Peaks
Hey y’all. As I mentioned last week August is an incredibly busy month for me. It’s likely I won’t have time to post for a while (I’ll be out in Palm Springs for the weekend enjoying a comfortable 112 degree Saturday according to my phone’s weather app). Next Thursday is my monthly dinner club meeting, and then from Friday until Monday I’ll be in Vegas for this year’s installment of Psycho Las Vegas. I’m sure I’ll be Instagram-ming up a storm during all my favorite bands’ sets, so if you’re into heavy music you’ll want to throw us a follow or some likes. If you plan on being in Vegas let me know, I’m bringing tons of beer along with me. Ever listened to Inter Arma or Psychic TV while underwater? I’ll be able to tell you all about it – and maybe even share a picture of me in a pool – once I return from that trip. The next weekend is that silly masquerade ball I always attend with my geek friends. After that is Labor Day. I guess what I’m trying to say is you can expect things to return to normal around here right around…September 11th.
This past weekend was fun! On Saturday I went down to San Diego with my buddy Chris and a friend of his. We hit up AleSmith and had some fantastic barrel-aged beers. We followed that up with a big lunch and some beers (Velvet Speedway included!) at Urge Gastropub. My burger had braised short rib and bacon jam atop it, and the short rib poutine was pretty good too!
Before headed home we stopped off at Stone because Chris’ friend had never visited. I have to say, that place reminds me more and more of Disneyland each time I go. So many families with small children! Of course we drank Pliny the Elder exclusively because, you know…it’s better than anything Stone brews.*
I returned to LA on the late side, but not late enough that I couldn’t meet some friends at Mama Lion for cocktails. A veritable fuck-ton of cocktails. Which then led to 1am potato tacos from a random taqueria that was Koreatown-adjacent.
On Sunday I went for a long run to ward off my hangover, then took care of all my regular weekend chores (laundry! groceries! housecleaning! coffee!) and then attended a goodbye party for a coworker. That was fun (free food and drinks) but also very sad (my coworker, gone forever!). Then I watched Game Of Thrones, Rick And Morty, and Twin Peaks alone on my couch (sad!).
*: I recently had a 2009 Stone Russian Imperial Stout and it was REALLY fucking good. Even with like 8 years of age on it! So while I don’t find myself drinking many Stone beers these days, they’ve definitely had their share of talented brewmasters working for them through the years.
I haven’t shared any music with y’all since that last mix tape, so here’s another. Sad songs! Sorry, I know it’s summer and I should be putting forth more effort when it comes to sharing summer-y tunes, but that’s not what I’ve been listening to lately. You’re stuck with what I’ve got.
Not Sunday Mix Tape Volume Whatever
Your Pain And Sadness Is Not Sad And Painful Enough
01. Eneferens – Morning (Acoustic)
02. Children Of Alice – Rite Of The Maypole – An Unruly Procession
03. Game Theory – The Real Sheila
04. Chris Brokaw – Hills
05. Smog – All Your Women Things
06. Jackson C. Frank – October
07. Low / Dirty Three – Down By The River
08. Lhasa de Sela – Love Came Here
09. Sir Malcolm Arnold (London Symphony Orchestra) – Symphony No. 9, Op. 128: IV. Lento
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